Learn about physical objects near you
Find out more about physical things near you with the Physical Web. For example, if you’re near a movie poster that is part of the Physical Web, Chrome can show you a trailer and nearby showtimes.
How the Physical Web works
Objects around you that are part of the Physical Web send Bluetooth signals to your phone. When you're in range, you'll see a list of suggested webpages.
Your phone only looks for Physical Web objects when you're using Chrome, so it won't drain your battery.
Check if your device looks for Physical Web objects
To use the Physical Web, you’ll need:
- Android phone or tablet with version 4.3.2 and up. See what version of Android you have.
- Bluetooth turned on. Learn how to connect to Bluetooth.
- Location turned on. Learn how to turn on location.
- Location permission for Chrome (on Android 6.0 and up). Open the app permissions for Chrome and turn on "Location."
Explore the Physical Web
When you’re near a Physical Web object, there are two ways you’ll know:
- Your Android phone will show a Nearby notification. Tap to see suggested webpages.
- If you tap the address bar in Chrome, you'll see suggested webpages. Tap to visit a webpage.
If there are multiple Physical Web objects nearby, you'll see the closest object first.
To turn off the Physical Web, tap More Settings Privacy Physical Web. Turn the setting off.
See where an object is
You can see which objects around you are part of the Physical Web. Look around for the Physical Web icon .
The object will be no more than 30 feet away from you.
What info the Physical Web uses
When you use the Physical Web, your personal information isn't shared with the object or Google's servers.
Physical Web objects send suggested webpages to your phone through a Google server. The server helps determine if it's an object you might want to see.
Learn more about how Google handles info from the Physical Web.
Add an object to the Physical Web
If you want people to discover your website on the Physical Web, learn more about beacons at the Physical Web site.
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